Monday, May 19, 2014

Player Profile: Bud Black

I have 67 cards of Bud Black. This one is from 1983 Topps.

Playing career: Bud Black pitched for fifteen years in the major leagues, mostly for the Royals and Giants. In 398 games he went 121-116 with a 3.84 ERA. He was used as both a starter and a reliever with success by the Royals, helping them win the World Series in 1985. He was less successful as a full-time starter with Cleveland and San Francisco.

My memories: I remember him mostly as a high-profile free-agent bust for the Giants. He signed a four-year deal with them after the 1990 season, then led the NL in losses.

Where he is now: He is in his eighth season managing the San Diego Padres. He made a good first impression, leading them to an 89-74 record in 2007. Since then he has had sub-.500 records five of the last six seasons, but his job seems secure in relaxed, not-baseball-mad, San Diego. If you make a good first impression, you get a lot longer leash. This year they are off to another sub-.500 season, currently 21-24 after yesterday's loss to Colorado.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Bud B, between Bud Bowl, the old Super Bowl commercials for Budweiser, and Bud Butter, a cookbook for stoners. Another prominent Bud Black pitched for the Tigers in the 1950s.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Nick Blackburn.

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